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Southwest Ontario – Elgin, Lambton, London, Middlesex & Oxford

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Southwest Ontarion County

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With relatively flat agricultural land, picturesque lakefronts and meandering rivers, as well as quaint country towns, Southwest Ontario offers cyclists experiences of all kinds.  Road riding in Southwest Ontario is second to none, with rural roads criss-crossing through farmlands with opportunities to stop at agri-tourism businesses, interesting heritage sites, artists’ studios, and communities while cycling these quiet country roads and enjoying a spectacularly scenic landscape.

Cyclists looking for an urban cycling experience can explore the bike paths and bike lanes in the cities of London or Sarnia. Wind your way along the nearly 40km of off-road paved trails that hug the shores of the Thames River in London or the off-road paved trails along the St. Clair River in Lambton County.

With a growing collection of rail trails and off-road sections of the Trans Canada Trail, as well as boasting multiple mountain biking facilities including Boler Mountain, The Pines and Wildwood Conservation Area, Southwest Ontario is also an attractive destination for downhill and cross-country trail riding.

The opening of the Lake Erie portion of the Great Lakes Waterfront Traill in 2013 has linked the region to the existing Lake Ontario portion and offers cyclists a signed route with stops at the communities along the northern shore of Lake Erie.

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  • opens in a new windowGreat lakes waterfront trail opens in a new windowGreat Lakes Waterfront Trail (Lake Erie) – Stretching over 3600km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 151 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed for as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.The Lake Erie trail connects with the Waterfront Trail via the Niagara River Recreation Trail.For information and to access downloadable maps visit  opens in a new
  • trans canada trail opens in a new windowThe Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail/TCT) – This cross-Canada trail system runs through south west Ontario connecting many communities and Counties. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types, on-road and off-road segments and is suitable for a variety of users. Visit Trans Canada Trail  “Explore The Trail” for information  opens in a new
  • opens in a new windowWhistlestop Trail – This off-road newly paved route incorporates paved shoulders and bike path that follows a heritage rail line, 12.5km between St Thomas, Railway City, and Port Stanley, beachside resort town.
  • opens in a new windowbike in ontarios southwest opens in a new windowSt. Thomas & Four Ports Tour – One of Ontario’s Southwest’s multi-day cycling itineraries, this four-day, 184km journey, begins and ends in St. Thomas and takes riders along quiet rural roads and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, along Lake Erie’s northern shoreline and through communities with rich maritime heritage and vast agricultural lands. Downloadable pdf itinerary, GPS routing and more information.
  • Amish Country Tour – This 37km route is featured on the Elgin County Cycling and Hiking Map. Enjoy the sights of farming and industry of the Amish community.
  • Sparta Wine Tour – A 35km route featuring stops at Quai du Vin Estate Winery, the Historic Village of Sparta, Rush Creek Wines & Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum.
  • opens in a new windowAylmer Kinsmen Trail –This 11km trail passes through the town of Aylmer and heads south towards the Springwater Conservation Area. It is now part of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) and connects the Elgin TCT and the Brouers Line TCT.
  • opens in a new windowDutton Cycling Route – opens PDF file This short recreational loop offers cyclists a safe route to view some of the historical and heritage buildings and attractio ns through the Dutton/Dunwich area.
  • opens in a new windowPort Burwell – Vienna Cycling Route – opens PDF file This 18km loop starts at, and loops back to the Port Burwell Provincial Park. Visitor attractions are identified on the map, including historical lighthouses, museums, and more.
  • Historic Port Stanley Route – opens PDF file Cyclist can explore this 2.5km historic ride through the heart of Port Stanley, taking in historic sites, heritage properties and the shoreline of Lake Erie.
  • opens in a new windowWest Elgin Cycling Route – opens PDF file Cyclists explore the western portions of Elgin County, as well as portions of Lake Erie’s shoreline. This route includes historical villages and other points of interest.

City of London - Cycle Routes, Trail Information and Facilities

Oxford County - Cycle Routes and Trail Information

  • opens in a new windowOxford Century Rideopens PDF file  – Challenge yourself on the ultimate milestone ride and this 100 mile (156km) tour across Oxford County. This route is ideal for goal setters and those training for longer distances.
  • opens in a new windowTillsonburg Airport Runopens PDF file  – This 31km route is an easy to moderate ride for recreational cyclists. Use both trail and quiet roads to explore the beauty of southern Oxford County. The route offers a great opportunity to explore Oxford County with fantastic food stops along the way, as well as the Tillsonburg Airport with it’s WWII historic aircrafts.
  • opens in a new windowDrumbo Innerkip Plattsvilleopens PDF file  – This 67km route is a real tour, highlighting the small quaint communities and scenic roads that represent Oxford County so well. This route is on paved roads with mulitple options to either shorten or increase the route length.
  • opens in a new windowAdditional Road Routes – There are 11 routes mapped around the County, using quiet country scenic roads, connecting communities and varying in length from 16km to 156km.
  • Ontario By Bike Self Guided Ride Itinerary – Oxford Rural Road Ride – In 2019, Ontario has hosted a 173km small group looped road tour, over 2 days. Enjoy the excellent road riding in Canada’s Diary Capital through rural landscapes, past working farms and along the Cheese Trail. Find a self-guided itinerary, detailed digital maps and additional information here.
  • opens in a new window opens in a new windowOxford Gravel Grazer Routes – Inaugurated in 2019, there are four new gravel routes of various lengths, featuring rolling hills, gorgeous farmscapes and fresh rural air. There are two routes north and two routes south of the town of Woodstock with each one short and one long option.
  • opens in a new windowHickson Trail – This 7.3km rail line from Woodstock to Hickson is now used by cyclists, walkers, and birdwatchers. This trail brings cyclists from Pittock Park Rd., north to Braemar Side Rd. Parking available on Fredrick Street.
  • opens in a new windowHusky Trail – Located in the Pittock Conservation Area this is a 5km trail system that also has picnic and overnight camping facilities on the north side of Pittock Lake. The park is open from late April to Thanksgiving weekend in October. There is an admission fee. The path consists of both paved surfaces with secondary trails comprising of hard packed dirt.
  • opens in a new windowIngersoll Trails – The Thomas Ingersoll Scenic Trail and John Lawson Park and Trail range in lengths of 2 to 3km and offer cyclists great off-road options in Ingersoll.
  • opens in a new windowThe Millennium Trail – This trail system includes both road and pathway riding and offers 6km of trails that follow the banks of the Thames River, through mixed hardwood and softwood forests. Though all of the trails are not connected at this time, they are in close proximity to each other.
  • opens in a new windowRoth Park Trail – The trail is located on the south side of Pittock Lake and is approximately 7km long. The main trail is wide with hard packed dirt and granular surface. Side trails link back to the main trail.

Regional Mountain Biking and BMX Trail Systems

Consider extending your cycling holiday by visiting some of these great cycling destinations also located in Southwest Ontario:

  • Chatham Kent – There are a number of trails suitable for recreational cyclists in the Chatham-Kent region, including trails along waterfronts, wetlands and in natural settings. Road riding is also promenent along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Lake Erie shoreline.
  • Haldimand & Norfolk Counties – Haldimand and Norfolk Counties offer cyclists appealing on-road cycling routes and off-road trails, whether along the north shore of Lake Erie, following the Grand River or through agricultural communities.
  • Windsor, Essex & Pelee Island – Surrounded on three sides by water, the warm humid weather is perfect for a long cycling season and Essex County has fantastic cycling destination in Ontario. Pelee Island is a popular tourist destination and its quiet back-country roads and excellent sightseeing are perfect for the recreational cyclist.

* Please note there are may be additional trails, routes, events and information resources for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. Changes to the above links, listings and cycling routes may occur.

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